Bela Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto
www.belafleck.com
Directed by Béla Fleck and Sascha Paladino
USA, 2014, 96 min

'Béla Fleck: How To Write A Banjo Concerto' follows banjo trailblazer Béla Fleck through one of his most challenging musical journeys so far, into the world of the Symphony Orchestra.

"A moving and joyous portrait of a talented musician."
The Hollywood Reporter


PREVIOUS SCREENINGS

Pleasantville, NY
July 16, 2015
Jacob Burns Film Center*
*Opening Night for Summer Music Series
 
Manchester, TN
June 14, 2015

Leavenworth, WA
June 4, 2015
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts

New York, NY
November 20, 2014 @ 7:15pm
Doc NYC
With Bela Fleck in person

Santa Cruz, CA
July 30, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Del Mar Theatre
With Béla Fleck in person

Sewanee, TN
July 16, 2014
Sewanee Music Festival

Denver, CO
June 17, 2014 @ 8pm
Denver Film Society
With Béla Fleck in person

Nashville, TN
April 19 & 23, 2014
Nashville Film Festival
April 19th screening features post-show appearance by Béla Fleck

Montpelier, VT
March 23, 2014
Green Mountain Film Festival

SYNOPSIS

'Béla Fleck: How To Write A Banjo Concerto' follows banjo trailblazer Béla Fleck through one of his most challenging musical journeys so far, into the world of the Symphony Orchestra. Béla is commissioned to compose a major banjo concerto, possibly the first of its kind, for banjo and 80 piece symphony orchestra. It begins before he has written a note, and concludes a year later, with the sold out premiere concert with the Nashville Symphony. A very intimate look at the process of composition and collaboration, "How to Write a Banjo Concerto" features Earl Scruggs, Chick Corea, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Zakir Hussain, Abigail Washburn and other close musical friends of Béla's. The film also digs into 'father issues', with Béla being named after classical composers by an absentee father. Composing this piece forces Béla to confront these issues.

Trailer

PRESS

"A moving and joyous portrait of a talented musician."
The Hollywood Reporter

"Offering an insightful look at the creative process, this is recommended."
Video Librarian

"Highly recommended for music lovers and anyone interested in the creative process."
Library Journal

"Recommended. This should appeal to a broad spectrum of musical tastes."
Educational Media Reviews Online

"This intriguing documentary spotlights Fleck tackling another unique challenge: penning a classical work featuring his instrument and an 80-piece orchestra."
Nashville Scene

Examiner.com

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